Online GMAT Exam

Online GMAT Exam

As online learning became the preferred learning mode in the current pandemic situation, many national and global-level exams have also been availed in the online version. One of the top MBA entrance exams, GMAT has also been modified into an online version to help students from across the globe take the test from the comfort of their homes without worrying about visiting the exam centre. GMAC launched the online GMAT exam for impacted regions which are located outside of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Slovenia and North Korea and for anyone who was planning to appear for this exam this year. This blog brings you an exclusive guide on the online GMAT exam, its test dates for 2020, registration process as well as how you can crack this slightly different version and get a better score to land into your dream business school!

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Online GMAT Exam Highlights

Total Duration 3 Hours
Exam Duration 2 hours and 45 minutes
Check-in 15 minutes
1 Optional break 5 minutes
Exam Sections Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning (AWA section is not included)
Additional Details Candidates can use a physical or online whiteboard for rough calculations.
Can be taken on Windows or Mac Laptop or PC

Online GMAT Exam Dates 2021

GMAC has announced four key enhancements to the GMAT Online Exam starting May 20, 2021. With these enhancements, the GMAT Online exam will provide you with even more choices and flexibility. Here are the four enhancements that will be available: 

  • View your official score immediately
  • Selection of your section order
  • Take two 8-minute optional breaks
  • Write your AWA assessment

Registration, Fees & Documents

There is a simplified process for registering for the GMAT online exam. You need to visit the official website of the exam by click here and then create a new account by clicking on “Register Now”. Then, select your appointment details, i.e. online exam date and time as per your choice and preference and then complete the GMAT registration.

The exam fee for GMAT online is 200 USD (roughly 14,720 INR) and this also comprises free and unlimited score report sending to business schools and universities around the world. Along with this, here are the accepted ID documents you can choose from to show the ID proof before the exam:

  • Passport
  • Military ID (spouse and dependents added)
  • Driver’s License
  • Any national or local identification card
  • Any registration card such as visa, green card, permanent resident, etc)

Also, there is no reschedule or cancelling charges for the online exam and you can only reschedule/cancel your exam within 24 hours of the appointment date and time and after that, no changes are allowed.

GMAC has also provided disability accommodations with 50% and 100% extended time as well as 10-minute extended break and respective candidates can schedule an appointment only after their accommodation is approved. For this, you must sign up as a test taker with disabilities on the registration page here.

Eligiblity for the At-Home GMAT Exam

The online GMAT test will be available in impacted geographies, outside of Mainland China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Slovenia. Thus, anyone who is not able to take the test due to COVID-19 is eligible for taking the GMAT exam at home. 

Exam Pattern

The GMAT online version has the similar exam pattern to the offline mode, i.e.

  1. Quantitative Reasoning
  2. Verbal Reasoning
  3. Integrated Reasoning

The only difference is that this version omits the AWA section and an optional 5-minute break is offered to candidates after Verbal and before beginning the Integrated Reasoning.

Check out our exclusive blogs on GMAT syllabus and GMAT exam pattern to know about all these sections in detail!

System Requirements for Online GMAT Exam

As per GMAC, below are the system requirements for taking GMAT Online: 

Technical Requirement  Technical Specifications
Operating System Windows 10Windows 8.1Mac OS 10.13 and above
Firewall Do not take your exam in a setting with a corporate firewall (including VPN), or, alert your network administrator
Display Minimum Resolution: 1024 x 768 in 16 Bit Color. 
Internet Browser The newest version of Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox
Internet Connection A consistent connection speed of 1 Mbps down/up is required.
Webcam Must have a resolution of 640 x 480 @ 10 fps
Sound & Microphone Verify the audio and microphone are not set on mute in Windows and repair technical glitch if any. 
Browser Settings Internet cookies must be enabled

GMAT Practice Tests

How to Take GMAT Online Exam?

Since the online GMAT can be slightly newer in terms of taking the exam online, there are certain things you must keep in mind while appearing for this new version. Here are some useful tips to help you ace the online GMAT:

Practicing the Online GMAT Version Before the Exam

Make sure to go through the online whiteboard available as a rough sheet during the exam. Here’s a snapshot of the online whiteboard which you can use during the exam and you can practice on it before by visiting the official GMAT website.

GMAT Online Whiteboard
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Go through the policies and procedures available on the official website, check the ID requirements (mentioned above) and also run a system test by clicking here to ensure that your computer and internet is ready.

During the GMAT exam

The check-in time for GMAT online is 15 minutes so make sure that you are available online within this time and then remove any devices [headphones, mobile, notes, etc.] from the computer or laptop you are using. You can also not use touchscreens, stylus or graphic tablets during the exam.

What to Do After the Exam

Wait until 7 business days for the official scores of GMAT online exam which will be submitted in your account. You can then start sending your scores to your preferred business schools and universities. Moreover, the approach to GMAT scoring and results is the same for the online version.

The GMAT score validity is of 5 years and cancellations or retakes for the exam are not provided unless authorized retakes or technical issues are validated.


Can you take the GMAT test online?

Yes, GMAC has introduced the online GMAT version which you can take from the comfort of your home. The appointment dates for online GMAT have been extended till December 31, 2020 and are available 24 hours, 7 days a week for students to choose a preferred exam date.

Is the format of the new ‘GMAT Online’ different?

GMAT online exam has the same sections, i.e. Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning and only excludes AWA section.

How much does online GMAT cost?

The exam fee for GMAT online version is 200$ (roughly 14,700 INR).

Is the At-Home GMAT Exam temporary?

As of now, the GMAT online is temporary. However, GMAC will continue to add appointments throughout 2021 on a rolling basis. 

What should I do if my GMAT test center is closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Do not worry. GMAC has introduced the ‘GMAT Online’. Now you can take the official GMAT exam from the comfort of your home.

Thus, the online GMAT exam brings a wave of relief amongst those aiming to appear for GMAT this year but restricted by the Covid-situation as now you can easily undertake this exam from the comfort of your home. Preparing for the GMAT exam? Leverage Live offers exclusive online classes from best-in-class experts and mentors as well as premium study material and doubt-clearance session to help you get your dream score and land into your chosen business school! Sign up for a free demo session with us today!

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